'Wheel of Fortune' puzzle answer is 'The Fast and the Furious'
How did something like that happen? The answer comes from the fact that "Wheel of Fortune" pre-tapes its shows as much as several months in advance. This episode, which featured veterans playing for the show's money and prizes, had been scheduled for weeks before Walker's shocking death in a car crash on Saturday (Nov. 30).
The "Wheel of Fortune" Twitter account posted a message on this before the show began:
The show that included the puzzle "The Fast and The Furious" was taped on 10/4/13. It's an unfortunate coincidence that it aired tonight.-- Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) December 3, 2013
Despite the warning, many "Wheel" viewers were shocked when the answer to the final spin puzzle was a movie title: "The Fast and the Furious."
"Wheel of Fortune" seems to have recognized this and posted a final tweet in honor of Paul Walker.
The hearts of everyone at Wheel of Fortune go out to the family, friends & fans of Paul Walker.-- Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) December 3, 2013
Host Pat Sajak expressed regret at the timing of the puzzle on his personal Twitter account.
Feel terrible about timing of "Fast & Furious" puzzle tonight. Taped long ago & went out to 200 local stations days ago.-- Pat Sajak (@patsajak) December 3, 2013
The strange "Wheel of Fortune" coincidence is one of several Walker-related television references that have aired since the actor died in a car crash. Bravo had scheduled a "Fast & Furious" marathon for the same weekend, while a British commercial featuring Paul Walker aired during a sporting event.